National Portrait Gallery
To provide practice of the past simple of the verb, to be (was \ were) in the context of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery
To provide gist reading practice using a text about a conversation between two people in the context of them looking at a photo of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Procedure (30-45 minutes)
Wish the students a good morning. Ask the students how was their weekend. Tell the students that you were at home all weekend, didn't go anywhere. Ask the students if they were able to do something. Introduce theme of lesson on the board: The Past Simple of the verb, to be; WAS / WERE Write the sentences: I was at home over the weekend. You were at home too.
With WAS / WERE on the board, write the sentences: ___________ was there. (I / He / She / It) ___________ were there (You / We / They) Ask the students to fill in the blanks with the appropriate word. What do we call these sentences? Positive sentences __________ wasn't there. (I / He / She / It) __________ weren't there. (You / We / They) If I said John was there but infact he was somewhere else, what would you say? John wasn't (was not) there. What do we call these sentences? Negative sentences. Introduce them to the concept of using past simple as a question. Was __________ famous? (I / He / She / It) yes, I was. / No, I wasn't. were __________ famous? (You / We / They) Yes, you were. / No, you weren't. Have them do exercise 1. In pairs State instructions: Fill in the blanks with the past simple verbs, was / wasn't / were / weren't. The have 5 minutes CCQ Howmuch time do you have? 5 minutes Are you gonna do this individually? No, in pairs. Hand them the answer key to check answers
Show them a photo of a car dealership and an Art Gallery What is this place called? Gallery Write the word on the board and drill it. Gallery: a public building where you can look at and buy paintings and other works of art “She works in an art gallery.” Point to the photo of Ataturk. Who is that? Ataturk What type of photo is this of him? Portrait NB: If needed use cellphone to ilicit portrait. Write the word on the board and drill it. a painting, drawing, or photograph of someone, especially of their face only “A portrait of George III”
State instructions: Read the section about National Portrait Gallery. Answer the questions a. 1-4 1. Where is it? Near Trafalgar Square in London 2. What can you see there? A collection of Portraits (paintings & photos) 3. When is it open? Daily / Everyday. 4. How much does it cost? Nothing, it's free. You will do this in pairs You have 5 minutes ICQ Are you doing this by yourself? No, in pairs How much time do you have? 5 minutes Take turns asking each pair for one answer
Show them a photo of a King. Whis this? Who wears a crown? A king When a king decides he doesn't want to be a king anymore what does he do? Does he retire? What do we call this? Abdicate (past tense: Abdicated) Write the word on the board and drill it. CCQ If he abdicates, is he still king? No Does he give up the title? Yes Is anyone here married? What happens when two people who were married decide to break up? What do they get? Divorced Write the word on the board and drill it. Show them a photo of a VW cars A few years ago they did something really bad that got them into alot of trouble; Do you know what this was? Emissions Scandal Write the word on the board and drill it.
State instructions: Look at the photo, listen to the dialogue. Who are the people in the photo? You will do this by yourself You have 3 minutes ICQ Are you doing this in pairs? No, individually How much time do you have? 3 minutes Check your answer with your pair
State instructions: Listen to and Read the dialogue. Fill in the gaps in C. You will do this by yourself You have 3 minutes ICQ Are you doing this in pairs? No, individually How much time do you have? 3 minutes Check your answer with your pair